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UPDATE: Improving native plant habitat in Merritt's Pasture with a controlled burn on Friday, March 22 at 2 p.m.

Post Date:03/20/2019 12:30 PM
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UPDATE: The controlled burn has been moved to Saturday, March 23, due to weather concerns.

Previously released: The Town of Chapel Hill Parks and Recreation Department will be working with University of North Carolina Botanical Garden Conservation Staff in Merritt’s pasture to improve native plant habitat by removing non-native fescue. Crews will be performing a controlled burn at 2 p.m. Friday, March 22, 2019.

A burn permit has been approved, and all local law enforcement agencies and fire departments have been notified, as well as the Kings Mill/Morgan Creek neighborhood list-serve.

The weather forecast is favorable for a controlled burn on Friday. The wind is predicted to come from the west and away from Fordham Boulevard and N.C. Highway 15-501. Light breezy conditions are good for ventilation and moving smoke up and into the transport winds. Staff will continue to monitor the forecast up to and during the burn and adjust if conditions dictate. In addition to parks maintenance staff, the Botanical Garden will have trained fire staff, a pumper truck, and backpack pumpers on site.

For more information, contact Parks Maintenance Superintendent Kevin Robinson at krobinson@townofchapelhill.org or 919-969-5104.

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